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May 26, 2004

Sadly, A "Very Large Number" of Sadrists Were Killed Last Night

He really said "sadly:"

BAGHDAD (AFP) - US-led forces killed a "very large number" of Shiite militiamen waging an uprising against coalition troops in overnight fighting in Baghdad and the holy city of Najaf, a senior military official confirmed.

He sadly confirmed that.

When asked how many militiamen were killed in 21 engagements in Baghdad's Sadr City and five in Najaf, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt told a news conference: "sadly a very large number".

He then took our a tissue and began crying into it.


Pressed later by AFP, he put the total number killed at "less than 100," with "less than 30" killed in the Baghdad slum, which is a stronghold of radical cleric Moqtada Sadr's militia.


He said Wednesday that "less than 100" were killed in the Najaf fighting.

Planners were seen throwing themselves out of high Pentagon windows when they heard the sad news.

Coalition officials have made it clear they are determined to wipe out the Mehdi Army and bring the popular leader to justice over his alleged role in the murder of a rival cleric last year.

More out of sadness than anger, though.

Sad, sad, sad.

Cry, cry, cry.


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